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Beat the Band: Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Posted by: Dr. Kevin Wong  /   August 22, 2016  /  02:52 PM

ITBS is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners, and one of the top 10 injuries seen in distance runners. With more than 200,000 U.S. cases per year, symptoms include pain between the hip and knees that worsens with activity.

A phased treatment plan including Foot Levelers custom-made functional orthotics plus ice, stretching, massage and rehabilitative exercises can ‘beat the band.’

Chronic Low Back Pain in the Athlete

Posted by: Mark Charrette  /   July 15, 2016  /  09:24 AM

The major source of most chronic low back pain is structural weakness or failure caused by repetitive microtraumas. With the stress and strain they subject their bodies to on the field, track, green, etc., athletes and “weekend warriors” are at greater risk.

Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis in Gymnasts and Other Athletes

Posted by: Mark Charrette  /   June 22, 2016  /  10:54 AM

Spondylolysis refers to a defect in the pars interarticularis—the segment of the vertebra between the superior and inferior articular processes—while spondylolisthesis refers to a forward displacement of a vertebra, especially the fifth lumbar vertebra, most commonly occurring after a fracture. Both conditions are relatively common in children, adolescents and athletes, especially gymnasts, divers, football linemen, tennis players, and rowers.

20 Tips For Every Athlete

Posted by: Edward Feinberg, DC, DABCSP, ICCSP  /   June 21, 2016  /  01:42 PM

This collection of Athletic TIPS™ provides the research and studies behind many of the common and uncommon recommendations for athletes.

Avoid Repeat Ankle Sprains with These Four Simple Moves

Posted by: Dr. Phil Page  /   July 15, 2015  /  04:13 PM

You’ve recovered from one ankle sprain. The last thing you want? To do it all over again.

Unfortunately, about 70 percent of people experience a second ankle sprain after the first. The reasons aren’t always clear. But experts believe poor balance plays a role—and that balance-boosting exercises can break the cycle of chronic strains.

San Jose State University researchers recently found simple kicking exercises—done with resistance bands similar to the TheraBand CLX—improved balance in both healthy and frequently injured men and women. Study participants did four exercises, kicking in four different directions, three times a week. At the end of four weeks, their balance improved significantly compared to a control group.

If you’ve suffered from a sprain, consider doing these moves regularly. But even if you fall off track, the results have staying power. In the study, better balance lasted for four weeks after the exercise program ended.

Women, Strengthen Your Hips to Beat Knee Pain

Posted by: Dr. Phil Page  /   July 15, 2015  /  03:35 PM

The ache often starts underneath your kneecap or on the front of your knee. But the solution to knee pain may lie higher, in the hips.

Strengthening hips using tools like the TheraBand CLX could ease runner’s knee and similar conditions, research shows. In one study, two simple hip-focused moves relieved women’s kneecap pain in eight weeks. In another, 85 percent of women sidelined with knee pain returned to their sports after a 12-week hip-strengthening program.

Why? Especially in women, weak muscles turn the hips inward. As a result, your knees cave and knock when you run, putting extra pressure on the joint. On the flip side, strong stabilizing muscles align your hips and knees properly—so you can move pain-free.

Don’t wait until you’re hurt to shore up strength. Use these moves anytime to prevent knee pain and even reduce your risk of injuring your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).

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